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Garden Bronzes

Creation of bronze sculptures using the lost wax method. By looking back into history of ancient art one would see that the lost wax method has been known to man for over 6000 years. Because of its durability, it has survived all other art forms. Early masterpieces formed in bronze by the lost wax method can be found in museums throughout the world. The earliest artisans using this method appeared in China, Egypt, and Greece. Today, the same technique is used, although the quality is much improved. This process reflects its name-- the wax is actually lost.

From an original sculpture a mold is created. Heated wax is poured into the mold cavity. After hardened, the original mold is removed. The wax piece is encased with a mold of clay. The wax filled molten is placed into a burn out oven. This is the stage of the lost wax procedure. The wax is melted out, leaving a hollow space of the exact duplicate model that is kiln dried and cured. This space is filled with molten bronze which replaces the detailed wax impression. After cooling, the clay mold is broken open and destroyed, thus each lost wax cast object is unique. At this point the bronze is sand blasted and from here many hours of labor, intensive craftsmanship establishes the final sculpture. The last step involves the application of the patina. The piece is placed in a heat chamber to open the pores of the metal. Various types of acids and chemicals are applied with a torch. The sculpture is further embellished by buffing and polishing. This art has been passed throughout history from many generations. There is no firm method to complete a bronze sculpture and each can have many variations. Many improvements have contributed to the efficiency and beauty of the work. Regardless, each unique piece is cast individually and has lasting durability for your enjoyment in your home or garden.
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